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How to post a picture card?

A picture is worth a thousand words: If sending within the same country, you can omit the country name in the address. When sending to a different country, you can write the address (except the "...
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Getting a package from the US while travelling through South Europe

Several shipping companies provide options for shipping to a branch for pickup with ID. You could check which one has a more convenient branch location for you. DHL has a stronger presence in Europe. ...
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Getting a package from the US while travelling through South Europe

In most of the world, you can have letters and packages sent poste restante, addressed to an individual in care of a particular post office, to be held until the intended recipient visits to pick it ...
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Can I receive a package in Zurich airport while on transit?

You can send it "Poste restante" to the Post office in the airport. Just address it to: Mr or Mrs Firstname Lastname Poste restante 8060 Zürich The Post Office is located in arrivals 3, and is open ...
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How long does it take a postcard to get from USA to Germany?

Since 2007, I received 53 postcards from the US (via postcrossing). I live in Germany, so this is relevant to your question. The average travel time was 11 days, roughly 67% arrived within this time ...
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What address to use from the US to request tickets for General Audience with the Pope?

According to https://pe.usps.com/text/imm/immc1_008.htm (emphasis mine): All lines of the delivery address should appear in all capital letters. The city destination must appear in capital letters ...
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Is there any way to find out what happened to a post card sent from other country?

I used to do Postcrossing a lot a few years ago and I can tell you that the shipping times for unregistered mail are just plain unpredictable. Sometimes you can get a letter from the other end of the ...
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Can an American visitor in Canada get critical medications sent from home?

It seems to be legal to send medication to visitors in Canada, under the circumstances you specified, but I'm currently unsure which company will actually do so. If all else fails, I suggest ...
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Receive packages from Amazon.de while in Germany for 3 weeks (Tourist)

Last time I was in this situation I was careful enough to include the name of the house owner to the destination address (that's what c/o is for), so that the postman knows where to ring/in whose post ...
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How can I receive packages while in France?

The situation is complex and quite variable. If the delivery is done by La Poste (the incumbent postal service), they usually have access to those mailboxes (they have the RFID equivalent of a master ...
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How to receive goods ordered on the internet, while in the USA

In some countries, it's possible to have mail delivered to a larger post office, and collect it from there. The general term for this is Poste Restante (also used in English speaking countries like ...
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Is it possible to receive packages to a private address in the US if you're not listed as living there?

It depends on the delivery service, and it depends on the package, and it depends on the location. We can't give you a definitive answer without more information about the apartment and how it is set ...
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Where is the post box at Keflavík (Reykjavík International) airport?

It's the red box by the "Odd size baggage" counter in the departure lounge
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What language should I address a letter?

The Universal Post Union (UPU, a United Nations agency for coordination of international mail delivery) recommends that the address should be written using Latin letters and Arabic numerals. The ...
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Mailing address while out of the country?

You need someone to check your mail for you, so the most convenient option might simply be to use the mailing address of a close friend or family member whom you trust, ideally in the same province/...
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How do I address a vertical postcard?

A. You can turn it into a blank horizontal postcard by taking a blank white sticker and putting it on the lines. B. Put the address in such a way that it's distinct from the content. Remember that ...
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Are there any Postbuses left in the UK?

The only one I can find that still exists is Route 134, which runs Tongue-Talmine-Tongue-Lairg in Highland, Scotland. All other routes seem to have discontinued.
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How can I receive packages while in France?

Amazon has an option to deliver your packages to "relays" or "points de retrait" - usually gas stations and small shops can act like one, but there are dedicated places too. You ...
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How to find (and choose!) picture postcards in China?

It's the same deal in Japan, and for the same reason: those postcards aren't intended to be mailed, they're intended to be purchased as a pack and presented as a gift.. This is why they're unwilling ...
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Mailing address while out of the country?

It's called a Private Mail Box (PMB) They are run by private companies. The number one player in the field is The UPS Store,* however many smaller businesses also exist. Your address becomes Your ...
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What language should I address a letter?

I would say that the international bit of the address (i.e. the country that you want to get to) should be in the language of the country you are sending from (so in this case, English), and the ...
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How to receive goods ordered on the internet, while in the USA

I usually ask at the front desk of the hotel. Tell them that you're expecting a delivery and politely ask them to hold it for you. Most reputable hotels that I've stayed in are happy to hold small ...
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What address to use from the US to request tickets for General Audience with the Pope?

It would probably be faster to send your request by fax or email to the U.S. Bishops’ Office for Visitors to the Vatican at visitorsoffice@pnac.org (details on schedule and how to make a request here)....
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How can I receive packages while in France?

In my residence, I have exactly the same case. Mail boxes are too small (aperture is designed for letters only) and are accessible from within the building for which the external door is always kept ...
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Temporary address in Germany

For letters (but not always parcels), you can also use general delivery. In Germany, it's called “Postlagernd”. You don't need to do any paperwork beforehand but you need to check that a given post ...
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How do I address a vertical postcard?

Presuming you actually want the postcard to arrive, I'd suggest putting it in an envelope and addressing as per a normal envelope. It will depend on the specific countries, but as shown (ie, vertical)...
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Is there a Post Office in Heathrow?

There is a Post Office branch in Heathrow Terminal 3. Photo at https://flic.kr/p/iZidNM It is open every day but only 5 hours on Sundays, from 9 AM to 1 PM. Walking directions are here
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